Illinois Comptroller

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Illinois Comptroller
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $109,800,600
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Illinois Constitution, Article V, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder
Name:  Office currently vacant
Compensation:  $135,669
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Illinois Executive Offices
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The Controller of the State of Illinois is the chief financial officer of the government of Illinois.

Current officeholder

The office is vacant as of December 10, 2014, following the death of former state controller Judy Baar Topinka. Topinka was first elected in November 2010 and served until December 9, when she passed away due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day.[1]

The processing of filling the vacant comptroller's office has generated debate among legislators about the requirements laid out by the Illinois Constitution. The governor is tasked with filling vacancies in state executive offices, though the length of the appointment is up for debate. A scenario that has gained support from legislative leaders and analysts involves appointment of an interim comptroller by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn (D) through the remainder of Topinka's term expiring in January 2014. A second appointment for the full term Topinka won in 2014 would be made after Governor-elect Bruce Rauner (R) is sworn into office. Another scenario supported by State Senate President John Cullerton (D) calls for a special election in 2016 to prevent an appointed official from serving a full term intended for an elected official.[2]


The office of comptroller is authorized by Article V, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 1

Officers: The Executive Branch shall include a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller and Treasurer elected by the electors of the State. They shall keep the public records and maintain a residence at the seat of government during their terms of office.


Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Illinois State Law in order to be considered for the Comptroller's office:


Illinois state government organizational chart

According to Article V, Section 2 of the state constitution, state comptrollers shall hold office for four years beginning on the second Monday of January after their election and until their successors are qualified. They shall be elected at the general election in 1978 and every four years thereafter.


See also: Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014
Illinois Controller, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Baar Topinka Incumbent 49.6% 1,775,983
     Democratic Sheila Simon 45.7% 1,636,593
     Libertarian Julie Fox 4.8% 170,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 176
Total Votes 3,583,286
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.


Article V, Section 7 of the Illinois Constitution addresses vacancies in the office of comptroller. If the comptroller...fails to qualify or if his office becomes vacant, the Governor shall fill the office by appointment. The appointee shall hold office until the elected officer qualifies or until a successor is elected and qualified as may be provided by law and shall not be subject to removal by the Governor.


The controller's main duties include maintaining the state's fiscal accounts, ordering payments into the treasury and issuing warrants against any funds held by the treasurer.

The specific duties of the comptroller are outlined in Article V, Section 17 of the Illinois Constitution.

Article V, Section 17, Comptroller - Duties: "The Comptroller, in accordance with law, shall maintain the State's central fiscal accounts, and order payments into and out of the funds held by the Treasurer."


The comptroller office is further split into six departments:[3]

  • The taxpayer information and consumer affairs department
  • The cemetery care department
  • The local government department
  • The public accountability
  • The research and fiscal department
  • The electronic commerce department

State budget

The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2012 was $109,800,600[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the comptroller received a salary of $151,035, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the comptroller received a salary of $139,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the comptroller was paid an estimated $135,669. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the Illinois Comptroller was paid an estimated $135,700, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact Information

Main Office
201 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706-0001

Phone: (217) 782-6000

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